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Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, located in Pawleys Island just off U.S. 17, was built upon a former Lowcountry rice plantation that inhabited the southern portion of the Grand Strand.
Caledonia recently received an overall ranking of 8.7 from reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, with even higher marks for its pristine fairways. Caledonia is nothing short of one of one of the best courses in all of the Carolinas, evidenced by it repeated recognition from several national publications. It has been named one of the “Top 100 You Can Play” by Golf Magazine and one of “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, as well as earning honors from Golfweek as one of “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses.” The Mike Strantz design opened in 1994, and since then, it has continued to distinguish itself to players and golf professionals alike.
The creativity in the design transfers to the creativity necessary to play these 18 holes. Measuring at a less-than-intimidating 6,526 yards from the “Pintail” championship tees, Strantz put to work man-made elevation difference, natural grasses, oak trees, a winding canal and various other hazards to more than make up for the lack of sheer distance. The par-70 course has five par 3s and only three par 5s; however, one of its claims to fame is the ability to boast 18 signature holes. The par-3 No. 11, though, is something unlike any other. A slightly elevated tee box overlooks a winding creek and narrow approach to the green. Vast tree and plant life line both sides of the entire hole, which can play a club length or two longer depending on pin location. The 383-yard par-4 No. 18 then brings you home to an Antebellum-style clubhouse that would look its part in any number of movies set in the early 1800s. It pays homage to the course’s heritage.
This is one of the best courses I've ever played in the Myrtle Beach area!
Amazing layout and great course!
Just a great golfing experience. Course was in excellent shape. Nothing beats the after round veranda hang.
Top notch great conditions and visually stunning course. Played from the proper tees it is our groups favorite Myrtle Beach course.
Great condition, greens in great shape but slow in afternoon and pace of play was great but overall it's just not worth the $$$$$ price. With no driving range and a small chipping, putting area for that price thumbs down and there's so many courses in area that offer the same if not more and it's just a money grab in prime season.
Beautiful Course, Best course in Myrtle Beach area.
The Best in MB by far! Conditions outstanding and staff knows how to make you feel at Home.
My favorite Grand Strand course period. If it was in NJ I would belong. Eagled 7 and parred 18 which was wonderful
This is the best course in Myrtle Beach. Not sure why TPC is a 5 star course compared to this. Every hole has a unique character to it and I could play here everyday.
What a beauty! That course is a must to play. It was very well maintained, greens were great, fairways fantastic and the layout is just gorgeous. There's so many holes which are just stunning. It's a fair course but you need to be accurate, partially it's quite narrow. That place can be compared with a wonderfully designed park landscape. Staff was very friendly and helpful, replay is available. The approach shot on hole 18 is something special since the green is in front of the clubhouse patio and typically there's a number of spectators either cheering or booing (in a nice way :-) ). Restaurant food was great, staff very friendly.
Well worth the drive from our accommodations in Myrtle Beach, a spectacular plantation style course with stunningly beautiful course architecture. The flora and fauna rival botanical gardens.
Wonderful course with many interesting holes.
This course is a joy to play. We decided to play it from the Tips & it was very playable for 5 handicappers from there (6,83 from the Tips). Conditions were close to perfect throughout. Greens ran at a good speed, only TPC's were quicker on this trip. It was our 2nd round of the day, as we played it's sister course True Blue in the morning. Fair deal on a Play it Again Deal. If you haven't played Caledonia before, treat yourself !!! There is no Practice Range at this course.
The course was in excellent condition and the greens were some of the best I've played on. A great plantation course with a lot of charm.
Beautiful course but greens fee pricing is getting way too high. Will probably be the last time I play it.
Have played course before..always like golfing there. And hitting into 18 is always challenging.
Best course on the Strand! All employees were as nice as anyone could expect! Took a group of 19 and we switched our last package day back to Caledonia for another round! This place was the highlight of our trip!
Could not have asked for a more perfect day of golf. It is a favorite of our group.
Still just a great and challenging course. We love the 18th approach with the club house balcony overlooking it so we can cheer or boo our fellow golfers while enjoying and few drinks in the rocking chairs! Happy 20th Anniversary!!
Best course I ever played.
One of the best courses I played in years.
Excellent course in super condition. But at $160 a round will think twice about playing there again.
Always in great shape and they make you feel so welcome. Great staff.
Great course. Weather was perfect, and conditions were very good. We played 5 courses around Pawleys/Murrells Inlet, and I would rank this as the best one; although I wouldn't sing the praises as loudly as some other reviewers. While the layout was great, I think Tobacco Road's may be a little better (also a Mike Stranz design), and at $164 pp the marginal benefit/marginal cost ratio wasn't that high. I think the best course we played when you take into account cost was Pawleys Plantation. Also a great layout (particularly some of the holes on the back 9) and great conditioning. If you don't want to spend $160+ to play Caledonia, take a look at PP.
The nicest course that I think I have ever played, from the moment we drove up the lane way it was rich and inviting. The staff of the pro shop was inviting and engaging. As well the rest of the staff from the starter to the marshalls and the cart girl, all were helpful and great to work with. Cheers.
Excellent course, not long but challenging.
The course is beautiful and pristine, the only let down is # 9 especially if it's your last hole. I found myself on every hole standing on the tee and admiring the layout and beauty. It's the nicest course in Myrtle Beach and we all said we would play there every day.
Should have had a yardage book but otherwise loved the course.
Really good landscaping.
Best course I've played.
5 Star.....a must play!!!!
Overall, the best of the best. Challenging and fun to play.
Posted on 11/27
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Up north, maybe. Down here in Golf Capital, U.S.A., we can’t be bothered with such environmental concerns. In South Carolina’s Grand Strand - a section of 60-plus miles of beaches and 90 or so golf courses - the links are still welcoming despite the season. - Read More
Posted on 10/27
Myrtle Beach is known as “America’s Seaside Golf Capital.” Over decades we’ve grown both the number and variety of our golf courses, and many of our designs are by the most outstanding architects of their time. - Read More
Posted on 10/02
The Waccamaw Golf Trail - its 11 golf courses located 20-40 minutes south of Myrtle Beach - is a true force to be reckoned with all its own. The tracks feature some heavy hitters in the design industry and a few of the most decorated courses in all of the Palmetto State. - Read More
Posted on 07/16
Some golf courses are destined to succeed. Maybe a monster name was attached to it during one of the upticks in in the market. Or possibly corporate ties kept its tee sheets full. Still, there are a few underdogs along South Carolina’s Grand Strand that weren’t considered automatic locks. - Read More
Posted on 07/10
No round is complete without a chance to go big. The Perfect Round’s par 5's have done that and more. - Read More
Posted on 06/19
Among the 18 holes that were selected by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel, some carry extra pop, both to the eye and the camera lens. Between the combination of natural environment their famous designers utilized in crafting these holes and years of top-notch maintenance to preserve them, you’ve officially been warned. - Read More
Posted on 06/04
The Perfect Round boasts the best of the best. Much like the rest of the group, the Par 3s in the series are a collection of stunning and challenging designs. - Read More
Posted on 05/15
The results are in, and Myrtle Beach’s Perfect Round project speak to an underlying truth more often than not. Some golf course architects have something most others do not. - Read More
Posted on 04/09
Each of the Par 4s that found themselves included in the Perfect Round hold a special place among their counterparts in the Myrtle Beach golf scene. - Read More
Posted on 03/16
Panel Says Some Of Myrtle Beach's Best Golf Holes Are At Caledonia, Grande Dunes, TPC Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Plantation, Tidewater And Willbrook Plantation - Read More
Posted on 02/01
Amid the hoopla of the Myrtle Beach golf scene is a conglomeration of 11 of the finest courses the area has to offer. Together, their distinction comes with a separate moniker - the Waccamaw Golf Trail. From the north end of Murrells Inlet down to the southern tip of Pawleys Island, those tracks represent high-end golf with a Lowcountry feel. Centuries-old plantations, bending rivers and moss-covered oaks are incorporated into some fantastic designs that as a whole are unattainable anywhere else - Read More
Posted on 01/23
Most of the country is deep into the chill of winter. What's the best way for snow-bound and ice-weary golfers to shake off the bad weather, winter blues? Think spring — and start planning a spring golf trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Book during January and your spring golf rounds in America's Seaside Golf Capital will cost you less. - Read More
Posted on 12/02
We continue our multi-part series with four reasons to point the compass down from Myrtle Beach proper and take advantage of the Waccamaw Golf Trail. - Read More
Posted on 09/15
When Golf's editors recently released their 2016/2017 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list and “Best In State” rankings, they confirmed the Myrtle Beach area has the best collection of golf courses in the country. - Read More
Posted on 08/01
Getting to the top of the Grand Strand golf echelon isn’t easy. Competition is fierce. Different courses have varying selling points. And let’s not forget that personal taste always prevails. - Read More
Posted on 06/17
In three-plus decades the author has played dozens of golf courses along the 60-some miles of the Myrtle Beach “Grand Strand." Here is a sampler of eight of his favorites. - Read More
Posted on 03/10
Heritage Club, Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links and Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club have joined impressive company with their first-time inclusion in the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s “Top 50 Golf Courses” rankings for 2016. - Read More